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Bishop, Eagles Hold on for Shutout Win

Bishop, Eagles Hold on for Shutout Win

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Freshman goalie Ali Bishop made 13 saves in a shutout win as the Bridgewater College field hockey team defeated ODAC rival Roanoke 1-0 on Thursday night at Jopson Field.

Sophomore defender Laura Gretz scored the winning goal and made a defensive save at the other end to help protect the victory.

The Eagles broke through with 23:21 left on a penalty corner. With regular insert player Tessa Tierson on the sideline, Gretz played the insert and ran right to the near post, where Emily Matisons found her for the only goal.

Bishop had to protect the shutout immediately as the Maroons broke right down the other end and the freshman stopped Emily McQueen twice in a row before adding another stop on the ensuing corner.

Bridgewater's Elizabeth Washington nearly doubled the advantage with a slapper off a corner in the final 10 minutes, but it was saved by Heather Schauder. On the penalty corner that followed, Gretz cleared a rebound chance by Fiona Dougan away after Bishop had made a save on Kellie Jasinski.

With six minutes remaining a ball skipped through to McQueen but Bishop made a nice sliding save to protect the 1-0 scoreline.

The early going was a midfield battle as neither team had a shot on goal for the first 24 minutes, but the two goalies combined for 10 saves over the final 10:38 of the first half.

Three minutes in, Mackenzie Zabicki hustled back from midfield to stop a potential breakaway by the Maroons' Rebecca Schmidt. In the ninth minute, Shelbi Holloman had a chance from close range go inches wide of the right post.

With 16:40 left in the first half Madison Clement slipped a shot wide left on Bridgewater's first attempt of the evening.

Five minutes later Clement crossed from the right corner to Matisons, whose shot was kicked away by Schauder.

Bishop responded at the other end, making four saves in an 82-second flurry that included two penalty corners.

Bridgewater had a 2-on-1 break early in the second half but it was broken up by Roanoke's Kendall Gamble.

All eight of BC's wins this season have been by shutout, with Bishop recording four solo shutouts and dropping her goals against average to 1.10.

Bridgewater (8-4, 3-1) will play its final non-conference game of the season, at home on Sunday at 3 p.m. vs. Juniata. Roanoke is 8-4, 2-2 on the year.